August 10, 1938 - October 2, 2023
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Frederick Ollie Aldridge Sr., a man of remarkable musical talent and unwavering dedication, passed away on October 2, 2023, leaving behind a legacy that resonates with the sweet harmony of a life well-lived.
Born on August 10, 1938, in Edwards, New York, to Margret Laura Tinny and Ollie Aldridge, Fred’s journey through life was marked by a profound love for music. From singing his ﬁrst song, “My Happiness,” at a tender age to mastering a multitude of instruments including the bugle, drums, clarinet, bass, and lead guitar, Fred’s musical prowess knew no bounds.
At the age of 9, his spiritual journey began at Edwards Methodist Church, where he found solace in the choir, lending his soprano voice to hymns that echoed through the sacred halls. His passion for music led him to become a versatile musician, playing with ﬁnesse on the ﬁddle, mandolin, 5-string banjo, and more.
In 1965, Fred founded his own band, embarking on a musical odyssey that saw him perform at bars and nightclubs, sharing his gift with audiences far and wide. Little did he know that a seemingly routine gig in 1970 at the Onandaga Fairgrounds would thrust him into the spotlight alongside “Whispering” Bill Anderson, a star of the Grand Ole Opry. This serendipitous encounter led to a full-time role, touring 48 states, Canada, and Mexico, sharing the stage with country music legends like Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, and Willie Nelson.
Beyond the stage, Fred’s commitment to service was evident in his role as a New York Deputy Sheriff and Fire Marshal. Rising through the ranks, he worked with pride and dignity, leaving an indelible mark on the communities he served.
In 1969, Fred embraced yet another calling, becoming a Licensed Ordained Minister, embodying his deep spiritual convictions. As a devoted deacon in several churches, he shared his faith with humility and grace.
Fred Aldridge Sr. leaves behind a tapestry of memories woven with notes of joy, dedication, and love. His melodies will continue to resonate in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing this extraordinary musician, public servant, and man of God. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Frederick Sr. was not alone in his journey, and his departure left a profound void in the hearts of those who shared their lives with him. Preceded in death by his beloved wife Carol Rose Aldridge, daughter Teresa Aldridge, son John Aldridge Sr., and his parents Ollie and Margret Aldridge, Fred’s legacy lives on through the memories and love he shared with those who survived him.
He is survived by his son Fredrick Jr. and daughters Crystal, Deanna, Robin, and Darlene. His impact extends to the next generations, as he leaves behind grandchildren Brandon, Harley, Laura, Raymond, John Jr., Ann-Marie, Michael, Amanda, Danielle, Bradley, and LeaLea. Additionally, Fred is cherished by over 20 great-grandchildren and numerous other family members who were touched by his warmth and kindness.
Fred spent the last three decades of his life on Warwick Drive in Virginia Beach, where he found joy in the art of creation, building things with a passion that reﬂected his vibrant spirit.
A celebration of Fred’s remarkable life will take place on October 15th at 1 p.m. Friends, family, and all who knew him are invited to join in commemorating the life of this extraordinary man at Lake Smith/ Lake Lawson(5381 Shell Rd Virginia Beach VA 23455)
Fred’s battle with colon cancer was a testament to his resilience, but in the early hours of October 2, 2023, at 4:30 a.m., he transitioned to be with the Lord. In his ﬁnal moments, he was surrounded by the love of his son Freddy and granddaughters Amanda and Ann-Marie. Though he may be physically gone, Fred’s spirit lives on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to be a part of his journey here on earth.
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